Frau Moll Introduces Students to German Christmastime

Posted on January 9, 2015 by

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Modern languages have five domains: listening, reading, writing, speaking, and culture.

“All of those things are important, but culture is definitely the most fun!” German teacher Frau Christine Moll said.

The German students went on two different in-district field trips. They went to the Fleetwood Area Middle School to do a presentation and make crafts with the sixth graders. Spanish teacher Sara Hannum organizes the tenth period World Languages homeroom at the middle school.

On 11 November, the German Club talked about the German classes in the high school as well as the Reading Liederkranz’s Evening of German, which the German Club attended that night. They also made a paper-folding craft in which they created a bell from a square of paper. On 8 December, the club returned to talk about Advents and Weihnacthszeit, the German names for the Advent and Christmas season. Students made German-themed Christmas cards as well.

“I wanted to help the German Club. My favorite part was watching them make the crafts. It was really fun!” Becky Zerbe, a twelfth grader in German 5 said.

The second field trip to the middle school had kicked off a series of related events for Moll’s students. They created Lebkuchenhäuser, or gingerbread houses. This beloved Christmas tradition began in Germany in the 1800s. The idea was most likely inspired by the witch’s house in the Grimm Brother’s fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. The houses were on display in the library during the week before winter break.

“Making the houses was so much fun! We really had to work together to make them stand,” ninth grader Luke Emge said.

“This was such a great idea. It gave us an insight into the German culture,” German one student, 11th grader Abbey Lasher said.

“I am looking forward to making a gingerbread house for my second year in a row,” senior Emily Majewski said.

German classes will be making a batch of Saltzteich to create three-dimensional ornaments and decorations for the holidays.

“I’m going to make an ornament to hang on my tree,” 11th grader Gina Esposto said while looking through the samples.

“Making decorations with the Salzteich will be educational and fun,” 11th grader Kate Norton said.

The recipe is very simple: one part salt, two parts flour, and enough water to make workable dough. Creations must then be dried: either in the air, at a low temperature in the oven, or for a few minutes in the microwave. Then they are all ready to be painted and decorated the way you want.

Papierbasteln is another event coming up. With construction paper, markers, scissors, and glue, the students will create and design a paper for decorations in their homes and classrooms.

“Paper crafts is something we do every year in German class,” 11th grader Ian O’Keefe said.

“We always look forward to it!” 11th grader Nicole Spanier, who is in German 4 with O’Keefe, said.

Moll and her students will be preparing Weihnachtslieder to sing through the halls. They will be singing carols in the original German, like “Ihr Kinderlein Kommet,” English translations of German songs like O Tannenbaum, and German translations of familiar American songs like “Rudolph mit rotem Näschen.”

“With all these events to look forward to, I love this time of year!” Moll said.

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